Interlachen, FL: On Sunday July 20, 2014 at approximately 6:30 pm Putnam County deputies responded to a hit and run traffic crash that occurred near the entrance to Hitchcock’s parking lot at 1114 State Road 20 in Interlachen. Callers to the communications center indicated two Hispanic males fled the scene on foot after their yellow Ford F-150 sideswiped a white Kia. Deputies located two men matching their description running from the area and detained them pending the outcome of their investigation. The three occupants of the Kia told deputies the driver of the truck, later identified as 29 year old Claudio G. Ruiz, intentionally swerved his truck into the side of their vehicle after driving very close and making several obscene hand gestures toward them.
After speaking with Ruiz and the truck passenger, Ruiz was arrested and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on three counts of aggravated assault with a weapon (the truck). He is currently being held on a $15,012.00 bond.
Smiles, laughter and the happy shrieks of children at play have been the order of the day at two summer camps hosted this year by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Police Athletic League and the Putnam County School District. The Interlachen camp was held at Price Middle School from Monday June 30 to Friday July 11 and averaged 69 children per day. The Crescent City camp, held at Miller Intermediate School, began Monday July 14 and will run through Friday July 25, 2014 and is averaging 103 children per day. The age range of the majority of participants has been from six to twelve years old.
The camps are being run by School Resource supervisor, Sergeant Jon Kinney, seven additional School Resource deputies and eight PAL counselors. Organized activities include volleyball, basketball, football, dodge ball, kickball and relay races. Educational programs are also taught each day by the Resource deputies. Topics have included water safety, fire safety, CPR, music and citizenship. Free breakfast and lunch is being provided by the School District. Sheriff Jeff Hardy said “I am very pleased with the overall success of the PAL camps this year. The kids have played hard, had fun and had some interesting educational experiences as well. I would like to thank Superintendent Criswell and the School District for providing the food, facilities and athletic equipment. Their support and cooperation have made our PAL Summer camps possible”.
School Resource deputies play kickball with youngsters at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office
Police Athletic League Summer camp in Interlachen.
Crescent City, FL: At approximately 11:56 am on Saturday July 12, 2014, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to 106 Furse Lane, Crescent City in reference to an incident that occurred at 114 Michael Drive also in Crescent City. On arrival contact was made with an 18 year old female victim who advised her 19 year old boyfriend, Justin Gomez, had thrown a brick through the windshield of her vehicle when she tried to leave after a heated argument. The victim advised both she and her two year old daughter were showered by glass from the broken windshield. Gomez had left the scene and was not located until the following morning at which time deputies spoke with him concerning the incident.
After speaking with deputies, Gomez was arrested and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on a charge of throwing a deadly missile into an occupied vehicle. He is currently being held on a $10,004.00 bond.
Palatka, FL: On July 10, 2014 at approximately 5:30 pm Putnam County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Lee Allen Sykes at 1604 Husson Avenue in Palatka on an active warrant. The warrant was issued in connection with the burglary of a residence located at 1909 Roselle Avenue in Palatka on June 19, 2014. The initial investigation of the crime scene, conducted by Patrol Deputy Brandee Smith, revealed physical evidence that linked Sykes to the crime and eventually led to the warrant being issued for his arrest. Sheriff Jeff Hardy said “Good, sound police work by the responding patrol deputies led directly to solving this crime and to making this arrest. I commend Deputy Smith for the careful and thorough manner in which she conducted her investigation”.
Sykes was booked on one count of larceny and one count of burglary and is currently being held on a bond of $30,000.00
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has received several new reports of a telephone scam that involves people identifying themselves as some government agency such as the Internal Revenue Service or as law enforcement. The scammers are using a telephone service that allows them to choose how they are identified by caller ID so it may appear on your telephone as if they are with the agency they claim to be. The individual will telephone the victim and demand payment of money to avoid a penalty or perhaps even to avoid being arrested. The victim is then instructed to purchase a green dot card for a specified amount and to pay the money over the telephone using the green card.
Please be aware this is a scam! No government agency or law enforcement agency will contact anyone in this manner and demand money. If you are contacted by anyone demanding money who says they are a law enforcement officer or with some other government agency, please do not pay them anything. If you have already fallen victim to this scam, please report it to the law enforcement agency in your local jurisdiction.